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Japanese Popular Culture, Spring 2003
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Japanese Popular Culture, Spring 2003

This course examines Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding the ... (more)

This course examines Japanese popular culture as a way of understanding the changing character of media, capitalism, fan communities and culture. Topics include manga (comic books), hip-hop and other popular music in Japan, anime (Japanese animated films) and feature films, sports (sumo, soccer, baseball), and online communication. Emphasis will be on contemporary popular culture and theories of gender, sexuality, race, and the workings of power in global culture industries. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Condry, Ian
Science Fiction As a Vehicle for Social Commentary
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Science Fiction As a Vehicle for Social Commentary

Through this unit of study, students will come to realize the potential ... (more)

Through this unit of study, students will come to realize the potential and power of science fiction as a vehicle for social commentary. Students will be reading and viewing various works of science fiction that make statements on current issues. The novel, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, will serve as our primary text. Besides exploring the ways in which other writers have used the genre for social commentary, students will research a current issue with which they are concerned. Based on the research, each student will write a science fiction story to illustrate the issue. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Oakland Unified School District
Provider Set:
Urban Dreams - Core Literature
Author:
P. Pugh
Tarlton Law Library in Popular Culture Collection
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Tarlton Law Library in Popular Culture Collection

The Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law ... (more)

The Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law hosts this collection, which focuses on law in popular culture. The goal of the collection is "to provide as broad a picture as possible of the image of the lawyer in the United States and British Commonwealth." The collection consists of works of fiction in all genres as well as legal humor, plays, and feature films. If you can't make it to Austin to check out these materials in person the site provides quite a bit for the virtual visitor. There are a number of E-texts available including "Collins to Grisham: A brief history of the legal thriller" as well as an entire bibliography of e-texts which tell "the lawyer's story." Visitors may also want to check out the fun section entitled "Lawyerly Quotations from Popular Culture". In addition, the site provides a number of movie posters, movie stills, and lobby cards to peruse. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and Genre, Fall 2006
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Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and Genre, Fall 2006

Subject aims to provide an overview of Indian popular culture over the ... (more)

Subject aims to provide an overview of Indian popular culture over the last two decades, through a variety of material such as popular fiction, music, television and Bombay cinema. Explores major themes and their representations in relation to current social and political issues. In particular, examines the elements of the formulaic "masala movie", music and melodrama, the ideas of nostalgia and incumbent change in youth culture, as well as shifting questions of gender and sexuality in popular fiction. Students review journalistic writing, advertising clips, and political cartoons to understand the relation between the popular culture and the social imagery of a nation. Taught in English. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Banerjee, Arundhati
Popular Culture and Narrative: Literature, Comics, and Culture, Fall 2010
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Popular Culture and Narrative: Literature, Comics, and Culture, Fall 2010

In this course, we will investigate popular culture and narrative by focusing ... (more)

In this course, we will investigate popular culture and narrative by focusing on the relationship between literary texts and comics. Several questions shape the syllabus and provide a framework for approaching the course materials: How do familiar aspects of comics trace their origins to literary texts and broader cultural concerns? How have classic comics gone on to influence literary fiction? In what ways do contemporary graphic narratives bring a new kind of seriousness of purpose to comics, blurring what's left of the boundaries between the highbrow and the lowbrow? Readings and materials for the course range from the nineteenth century to the present, and include novels, short stories, essays, older and newer comics, and some older and newer films. Expectations include diligent reading, active participation, occasional discussion leading, and two papers. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Humanities
Material Type:
Homework and Assignments
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Picker, John
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
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Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Edited by Professor Mary Ann Beavis of the University of Saskatchewan, the ... (more)

Edited by Professor Mary Ann Beavis of the University of Saskatchewan, the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a ̢ĺŰĺĎweb-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture.̢ĺŰĺ It is quite a broad area to cover, and they do so admirably, and members of the public and those in the world of higher education will want to look over their site closely. Published three times a year, visitors can browse through the online archive offered here, or take a look at their most recent issue. Some of the articles that have appeared in recent issues include ̢ĺŰĺĎThe Apocalyptic Imagination and Popular Culture̢ĺŰĺ, ̢ĺŰĺĎSeeking the Roots of Terrorism: An Islamic Traditional Experience̢ĺŰĺ, and ̢ĺŰĺĎUnder the Influence? The Bible, Culture and Nick Cave̢ĺŰĺ. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Law in Popular Culture Collection
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Law in Popular Culture Collection

Marlyn Robinson, reference librarian of the Tarlton Law Library at the University ... (more)

Marlyn Robinson, reference librarian of the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas at Austin provides this site, which contains information about the library's collection of books and films related to how popular culture affects peoples' notions of the American legal system. The bibliography, a collection of information about nearly two hundred articles and books related to the subject, highlights this site. Visitors can find information about the library's collection of over 500 films featuring lawyers, as well as descriptive information about the library's collection of hundreds of books of "fiction in all genres, as well as legal humor, plays, comics, and pulp magazines" that either feature a lawyer in a central role or are authored by lawyers. Rounding out the site is a gallery of related movie stills and posters. Note that while the books are available via interlibrary loan, the films are not available outside the UT community. (less)

Subject:
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Graphic Witness: Visual Arts and Social Commentary
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Graphic Witness: Visual Arts and Social Commentary

Graphic Witness is "a site dedicated to social commentary through graphic imagery ... (more)

Graphic Witness is "a site dedicated to social commentary through graphic imagery by artists working from the turn of the 20th Century to the present, with related bibliographic/ biographic data." The site divides artists into those who have been actively creating work before 1950 or since -- each of these two areas of the site lists links to artists's work, sometimes on the Graphic Witness site and sometimes off-site. A separate set of pages titled Tusche, Tone and Stone explores the evolution of news story illustrations. The easy-to-use bibliography pages list applicable reference books -- with anthologies listed by author and also a list of books arranged by artist. A set of links to related sites helps point users to resources of a political and social nature as well as to sites about graphic illustrations. (less)

Subject:
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Popular Culture
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Popular Culture

Many forms of entertainment and leisure activities people participated in during the ... (more)

Many forms of entertainment and leisure activities people participated in during the early decades of the 20th century are not that different from those we enjoy today. At the turn of the century people found entertainment at carnivals and festivals and exhibitions. Photographs here include the California Midwinter International Exposition in San Francisco in 1894, and the Anaheim Carnival of 1911. Sports were also a popular pastime. Photographs show people participating in tennis and golf, but spectator sports were also popular. In 1929, Miss Jessie Darnley apparently swam her way to the title of Miss Anaheim in a pool filled with three tons of oranges. A number of players became celebrities, as witnessed by publicity stills of baseball greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Carl Klindt. Electricity and improved communications meant that entertainment was no longer confined to live theater. People turned to the radio for both information and entertainment. One photograph shows the family of a Democratic nominee for US Senator, Sheridan Downey, gathered around the radio listening to election results. Another depicts a live radio broadcast. During this era the film industry boomed in Hollywood, generating popular images and mythologies surrounding the movies and movie stars. Photographs in this group include some on-set shots of actors, directors, and movie-making equipment. The owner of the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Sid Grauman, is pictured with film star Mary Pickford. Other images include silent film stars, the original "Our Gang" cast at the opening of the Broadway Theater, and a shot of the Spreckels Theater on the night of a Three Stooges film premiere in 1934.As had been true for centuries, people enjoyed music, literature, and the arts. Images here include jazz musicians performing and a studio portrait of Roland Hayes, considered one of the greatest tenors in the 1920s. Popular literary figures pictured include author Upton Sinclair, whose 1906 book The Jungle helped raise popular awareness about food processing and contributed in large part to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Photographs of poets and writers who wrote about or resided in California include Joaquin Miller, George Sterling, Charles Warren Stoddard, Robinson Jeffers, Edwin Markham, and Mary Austin (standing in front of a mural with Mexican artist Diego Rivera). (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
Primary Source
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
University of California
Provider Set:
Calisphere - California Digital Library
Public Art Review
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Public Art Review

Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Public Art Review is dedicated exclusively ... (more)

Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Public Art Review is dedicated exclusively to the field of contemporary public art. Started in 1990, the Review has been published biannually for over two decades and contains thoughtful meditations on how public art projects come into being along with commentary on the artists engaged in such projects. The online version of the Review mirrors the sections within the public magazine and include rather fun titles, such as Art in Odd Places. Here, visitors can learn about projects that tweak prevailing notions of public art. The Featured area takes users inside long reads that cover everything from public art in abandoned factories to new installations in medical centers. On Location provides updates about ongoing public art projects and previews of upcoming works. Interested parties can sign up to receive updates via email about forthcoming print editions as well as additions to the site. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Chicago Public Art Group
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Chicago Public Art Group

The mission of the Chicago Public Art Group is to "unite artists ... (more)

The mission of the Chicago Public Art Group is to "unite artists and communities in partnership to produce quality public art and to extend and transform the tradition of collaborative, community involved, public artwork." What kind of public art do they produce? There are two ways site visitors can find out: the first is via the Public Art Map and the second is via the Community Public Art Guide. The map of Chicagoland has locations pinpointed that can be scrolled over, revealing a photo of the artwork, its location, the lead artist, the date of its creation and a brief explanation of the artwork. The Community Public Art Guide not only has pictures of the murals, mosaics, sculptures and spaces that have been created by artists associated with the Chicago Public Art Group, but also has extensive explanation, along with examples, of composition, techniques of community art, and portfolios divided up by date ranges. The Group's latest work, Come to Light, a stunning multi-media mosaic, should click on the link of the same name, under the "What We Do" tab. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Public Art Archive
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Public Art Archive

The Public Art Archive was launched in 2009 as a free resource ... (more)

The Public Art Archive was launched in 2009 as a free resource for comprehensive data and extensive information about thousands of public art installations across the United States. New users should visit the About area for information about the functionality of the site and its history. After a quick visit here, the Browse tab filters this information by artist, collection, location, materials, work type, placement and year. Those unacquainted with the world of public art would do well to start in several large cities like Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Miami. The clickable map interface makes it easy and quite enjoyable to look at different cities and regions quickly. Browsing around by year is interesting as well; the works are listed chronologically all the way back to the year 1802. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
MIT: Public Art
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MIT: Public Art

When people think of MIT, they probably don't immediately think of public ... (more)

When people think of MIT, they probably don't immediately think of public art. However, the collection is quite impressive. It all started in 1961 when Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx commissioned MIT's first outdoor sculpture. Since then, the collection has grown to include a diverse set of pieces by artists like Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Mark di Suvero. Visitors can look over an interactive map of the public art on campus, listen to podcasts featuring the artists talking about their work, or even book a guided tour of the collection. Also, visitors can download "A Brief Architectural History of MIT" and sign up to learn about new additions to the campus as they are installed. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Public Art In the Bronx
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Public Art In the Bronx

From Norwood to Mott Haven there's plenty of public art to keep ... (more)

From Norwood to Mott Haven there's plenty of public art to keep curious visitors satisfied when wandering around the Bronx. This exemplary website created by the Lehman College Art Gallery and the City University of New York provides an overview of artworks in public places, complete with descriptions of the major art installations, teacher resources, walking tours, and maps. On the right-hand of the page, visitors will find topical sections such as "Artists", "Sites", "Biographies", "Neighborhoods", and "Walking Tours and Maps". The geographically minded may wish to click on "Neighborhoods" to get started. Here they will find brief profiles of each neighborhood, and it's a good way to get a sense of each community's historical development. Moving on, visitors can use the walking tours and maps to help students in art appreciation, urban studies, or geography courses get a feel for the resources of these areas. The site is rounded out by the Bronx Public Art Inventory and a direct link to the Lehman College Art Gallery homepage. (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Chicago Transit Authority: Public Art
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Chicago Transit Authority: Public Art

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has long had an ambitious public art ... (more)

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has long had an ambitious public art program. This handy 62-page guidebook provides interested parties and tourists with a complete listing of these works. Not surprisingly, the works are arranged by elevated line and by stop. The guide starts with providing information about works on the Brown Line, which is a great place to begin. It's a real treat to start with Josh Garber's "Hope and Renewal" which is located at the Kimball stop at the end of the Brown Line in the Albany Park community. Also, baseball fans won't want to miss the artworks located close to the train stations at Wrigley Field and US Cellular Field. The guide also includes an artist index and information about the gorgeous works at CTA headquarters in the city's Near West Side neighborhood. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
City of Chicago: Public Art Collection
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City of Chicago: Public Art Collection

The city of Chicago has had public art projects for over a ... (more)

The city of Chicago has had public art projects for over a century, but things really took off with the passage in 1978 of the Percent for Art Ordinance. This act stipulated that a percentage of construction and renovation costs for municipal buildings and public spaces be set aside for original artwork. This website offers visitors several guides to the more than 700 works of art exhibited in 150 municipal facilities around the city. The curious can find them in CTA stations, police stations, libraries, and City Hall. On the site, visitors can look over the Highlights area for an introduction to some of these fine works. Additionally, the site contains separate maps for five different areas of the city, including the Loop and the near South Side. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
The Merchants of Cool: A Report on the Creators & Marketers of Popular Culture for Teenagers
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The Merchants of Cool: A Report on the Creators & Marketers of Popular Culture for Teenagers

The companion site to this week's excellent Frontline explores the symbiotic relationships ... (more)

The companion site to this week's excellent Frontline explores the symbiotic relationships between teens, the media, and the creators and sellers of popular culture. In the program, Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff interviews marketers, media executives, cultural/media critics, and members of the teen market that the former are so desperately trying to reach (and create). Among other things, Rushkoff explores the "mook" (young male) and "midriff" (young female) stereotypes and the marketing of supposedly anti-establishment rage rockers. At the site, visitors can explore the major themes of the film, read interview transcripts and the reactions of teens who viewed the program, and learn about some of the companies and media giants featured in the film. Also included are a discussion list, a teacher's guide, and some additional short features. (less)

Subject:
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Trafalgar Square becomes the site of an intriguing public art installation for the next three months
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Trafalgar Square becomes the site of an intriguing public art installation for the next three months

Trafalgar Square plinth Antony Gormleyhttp://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/homepage/Bristol-man-takes-place-plinth/article-1142654-detail/article.htmlLondon Journal: Briefly Ascending to the Spotlight, Britons ... (more)

Trafalgar Square plinth Antony Gormleyhttp://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/homepage/Bristol-man-takes-place-plinth/article-1142654-detail/article.htmlLondon Journal: Briefly Ascending to the Spotlight, Britons Take Their Place Among Giants [Free registration may be required]http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/world/europe/07trafalgar.html?ref=worldFun, but is it art?http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article6638088.eceThe Fourth Plinth: The Story So Farhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/jul/07/fourth-plinth-one-and-otherPlinth highlights in 40 secondshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8137326.stmOne & Otherhttp://www.oneandother.co.uk/Antony Gormley [Flash Player]http://www.antonygormley.com/Trafalgar Square in London is arguably one of the most well known public spaces in a city that has a surfeit of rather fine public spaces. The Square is surrounded by a host of landmarks, including the National Gallery and the St Martin-in-the-Fields church. Within the Square, visitors often are attracted to the four enormous plinths which hold only three statues. The fourth plinth was intended to be the site for an equestrian statue of William IV, but the monies for such work never materialized. For the next three months, that empty fourth plinth will be occupied by a wide range of Britons as part of a rather intriguing public art experiment. The work was designed by noted artist Antony Gormley, and essentially it consists of Britons getting up on the plinth for an hour and doing more or less what they want. So far, people up on the plinth have drawn attention to various charities and causes, read sections from the Arabian Nights, passed out chocolate, and so on. One participant, Dr. Stephen Roser, noted, "It's a bit like being Prince Charles for an hour-having the position to be heard without any actual power." The first link will take readers to an article from the Bristol Post which talks about the various residents from Bristol who have found themselves on top of the plinth in Trafalgar Square thus far. The second link leads to a New York Times article from this Tuesday that talks about the installation in greater detail. The third link will whisk users away to a piece from the Sunday Times that asks the important question in regards to this new installation: "Fun, But is it Art?" Moving along, the fourth link leads to a special section from the Guardian Online about the first couple of days at the fourth plinth. Those persons seeking a quick overview of the goings on at the fourth plinth will appreciate the fifth link, which features a short video clip of the "performances" thus far. The sixth link leads to the official homepage of the project (titled "One & Other"). Here visitors can watch the proceedings atop the fourth plinth, and it should be noted that "this is a live webstream that may contain offensive content." Finally, the last link leads to the official homepage of the artist Antony Gormley. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Grinnell, Max
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